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Chef Aris Athanasiou

Executive Chef, Aris Athanasiou is responsible for maintaining the highest of standards within the culinary department at Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, working closely with the Director of Food & Beverage to ensure guests enjoy delicious culinary experiences, while overseeing operations in the all-day dining Baluba restaurant, The View restaurant, Kijani Bar as well as in-room dining.

With over 26 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Chef Aris has worked with some of the world’s leading hotels in Europe, Asia and Africa. Before Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi, Chef Aris was the Executive Chef of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts La Hambantota in Sri Lanka, where he was responsible for the day to day operations in the Culinary Department. Prior to this, Chef Aris was an Executive Chef at Metropol Palace, and later the Group Executive Chef of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Kenya, overseeing culinary operations for both The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi and the Fairmont Mara.

Aris Athanasiou is a graduate of GMC Hotel and Catering College in Nicosia, Cyprus and Organization of Tourism Education and Training (O.T.E.K), where he studied Hotel and Catering. Athanasiou received his unique experience from the best chefs of the world, many of whom earned Michelin star status including Alain Ducase, Martin Kinghasser and Doxis Bekris. Having worked across the globe, Chef Aris admits he has been inspired by his traditional past and travels through which he creates unique flavours to satisfy his guests.

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